Ice Makers

An ice maker, sometimes referred to as ice generator or ice machine is an appliance which makes ice. They are available as small units to be mounted inside the freezer compartment of a refrigerator, or to make larger amounts of ice as a stand-alone machine.

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How do ice makers work?

The home icemaker's predecessor was the plastic ice tray. It's fairly obvious how this device works: You pour water into a mold, leave it in the freezer until it turns to a solid and then extract the ice cubes. An icemaker does exactly the same thing, but the process of pouring water and extracting cubes is fully automated. A home icemaker is an ice-cube assembly line. Most icemakers use an electric motor, an electrically operated water valve and an electrical heating unit. To provide power to all these elements, you have to hook the icemaker up to the electrical circuit powering your refrigerator. You also have to hook the icemaker up to the plumbing line in your house, to provide fresh water for the ice cubes. The power line and the water-intake tube both run through a hole in the back of the freezer. When everything is hooked up, the icemaker begins its cycle. The cycle is usually controlled by a simple electrical circuit and a series of switches. In the diagram below, you can see how the icemaker moves through its cycle. * At the beginning of the cycle, a timed switch in the circuit briefly sends current to a solenoid water valve. In most designs, the water valve is actually positioned behind the refrigerator, but it is connected to the central circuit via electrical wires. When the circuit sends current down these wires, the charge moves a solenoid, which opens the valve. * The valve is only open for about seven seconds; it lets in just enough water to fill the ice mold. The ice mold is a plastic well, with several connected cavities. Typically, these cavities have a curved, half-circle shape. Each of the cavity walls has a small notch in it so each ice cube will be attached to the cube next to it. * Once the mold is filled, the machine waits for the water in the mold to freeze. The cooling unit in the refrigerator does the actual work of freezing the water, not the icemaker itself (see How Refrigerators Work for details). The icemaker has a built-in thermostat, which monitors the temperature level of the water in the molds. When the temperature dips to a particular level -- say, 9 degrees Fahrenheit (-13 degrees Celsius) -- the thermostat closes a switch in the electrical circuit (see How Home Thermostats Work for details on this operation). * Closing this switch lets electrical current flow through a heating coil underneath the icemaker. As the coil heats up, it warms the bottom of the ice mold, loosening the ice cubes from the mold surface. The electrical circuit then activates the icemaker's motor. The motor spins a gear, which rotates another gear attached to a long plastic shaft. The shaft has a series of ejector blades extending out from it. As the blades revolve, they scoop the ice cubes up and out of the mold, pushing them to the front of the icemaker. Since the cubes are connected to one another, they move as a single unit. * At the front of the icemaker, there are plastic notches in the housing that match up with the ejector blades. The blades pass through these notches, and the cubes are pushed out to a collection bin underneath the icemaker. * The revolving shaft has a notched plastic cam at its base. Just before the cubes are pushed out of the icemaker, the cam catches hold of the shut-off arm, lifting it up. After the cubes are ejected, the arm falls down again. When the arm reaches its lowest resting position, it throws a switch in the circuit, which activates the water valve to begin another cycle. If the arm can't reach its lowest position, because there are stacked-up ice cubes in the way, the cycle is interrupted. This keeps the icemaker from filling your entire freezer with ice; it will only make more cubes when there is room in the collection bin. This system is effective for making ice at home, but it doesn't produce enough ice for commercial purposes, such as restaurants and self-service hotel ice machines.

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What causes black flecks in automatic ice maker ice cubes?

The black flecks seen in icemakers are quite rare.They are a strain of bactirum that are known carcinogens(cancer causing agents).These flecks enter and infect other foods through the air and are undectected by the human eye,unless of course on the ice.Treatment for exposure to this usually ranges from simple chemotherapy and agressive radiation to complete organ Transplants.have a nice day =)

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Why does automatic ice maker make ice then turn off?

The automatic ice maker has a bale wire that detects if there is ice in the bucket. If it is full, the ice maker turns off.

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How do you clean a portable ice maker?

If you have a model with the self cleaning cycle, use a capful of vinegar or lemon juice with water before running the self cleaning feature. If you have a model that does not offer the self cleaning cycle, it is best to run your first few cycles with a capful of vinegar or lemon juice and water. Then, make sure that you empty the water reservoir and run a few cycles with clean water to take care of any plastic taste from manufacturing. This process can also be used from time to time to help keep your ice maker clean from impurities and help with calcium buildup caused by hard water.

Courtesy of Air & Water, Inc. website.

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Why would a GE side by side ice maker not make ice?

There's a chrome armature (wire) that raises as the "ice bucket" gets full, it might be stuck in the full position.
The thermostat is set too cold and the water filter froze.
The electronic relay that turns the water off and on to the ice maker croaked.
The valve that turns the the water on and off is toast.

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Fix jen-air ice machine- the valve that go's to the water dispenser does work you get water in front but not getting a signal to open the valve for the ice machine to make ice?

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Are ice machines easy to clean?

Yes ice machines are easy to clean, unless you have hard water which contains minerals that are removed from water during the freezing cyle which can cause a buildup.

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What companies repair ice machines in Chicago?

There are many companies in Chicago that repair ice machines. Mainstream Appliances Repair, Dr. Did's Custom Touch, and Western Allied Heating and Cooling Services are a few of the companies that are in Chicago.

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What companies sell ice machines in Canada?

Some Canadian ice machines are CIMCO, Garland Canada, Absolute Automation Inc, Aerco Industries to name a few. There are many more. I apologize not being able to help more as I am not a native.

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What are some trends in the ice machine industry?

As far as the current "look" of the ice machine, many businesses are purchasing large, free-standing units which can pour out hundreds of cubes or chunks of ice per hour. I guess I'm not certain what sort of trend you are looking for.

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How does the ice machine make ice?

Ice Machines are contained in a freezer or are stand alone. They have molds which are filled with water from a tube or pipe that is connected to the plumbing lines of the home or business. After this mold of water is frozen, the ice machine then releases the mold into a container.

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Who invented the ice maker?

All my life I have known that my great, great uncle, Ewald Arp invented it. However, there are lots of people who have aided in the invention of the icemaker and improved it. He also invented the can crusher an the stamp machine.

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Why Ice maker leaks inside freezer?

hole

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Who invented the ice machine?

thaddeus lowe

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How do you stop ice cubes from freezing in ice receptable from ice maker?

Are you talking about how to stop them from being made? If so, there should be a lever (often silver) that you can lift up that stops the water from entering the cube maker.

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What is a reliable brand of ice machine?

NewAir, Danby and Scotsman are three highly-ranked brands from Galt Homebuying guides. Your best bet would be to check out consumer reviews on Amazon or BestBuy, both of which can help you find an ice machine that will be an appropriate fit for your situation.

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Where was the ice machine made?

Aisa

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When were ice making machine made?

1865

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When did Thaddeus Lowe invent the ice machine?

he invented the compression ice machine in 1866

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Why are the ice from an ice maker white?

The ice from any ice maker is white because of impurities in the water. It is also caused by minute cracks that causes the light to refract which in turn looks white. The only way to get crystal clear ice is to basically "paint" water onto a flat surface, freeze that layer, & repeat many times.

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Ice maker receives water does not dump ice?

Is it making the ice?

Maybe something is blocking the sensor in the ice bucket.

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Why won't ice maker create ice?

Check to see if the hose that goes from the water source (under the kitchen sink) to the ice maker isn't pinched off, or that it hasn't come disconnected.

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Does anyone make a freezer with an ice maker and it can be put in the garage?

I know Kenmore, Bosch and Kitchenaid make stand alone freezers with Icemakers

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Why does the ice maker make ice then turn off?

There is a overflow switch to stop the ice maker when the tray is at a certain level.

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Who invented the first ice machine?

Wrong my great great great grandfather did he just diffident platoon the idea!

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